Commentary for Psalms 111

The Lord is to be praised for his works.

- The psalmist resolves to praise God himself. Our exhortations and our examples should agree together. He recommends the works of the Lord, as the proper subject, when we are praising him; and the dealings of his providence toward the world, the church, and particular persons. All the works of the Lord are spoken of as one, it is his work; so admirably do all the dispensations of his providence centre in one design. The works of God, humbly and diligently sought into, shall all be found just and holy. God's pardoning sin is the most wonderful of all his works, and ought to be remembered to his glory. He will ever be mindful of his covenant; he has ever been so, and he ever will be so. His works of providence were done according to the truth of the Divine promises and prophecies, and so were verity, or truth; and by him who has a right to dispose of the earth as he pleases, and so are judgment, or righteous: and this holds good of the work of grace upon the heart of man, ver. #7,8|. All God's commandments are sure; all have been fulfilled by Christ, and remain with him for a rule of walk and conversation to us. He sent redemption unto his people, out of Egypt at first, and often afterwards; and these were typical of the great redemption, which in the fulness of time was to be wrought out by the Lord Jesus. Here his everlasting righteousness shines forth in union with his boundless mercy. No man is wise who does not fear the Lord; no man acts wisely except as influenced by that fear. This fear will lead to repentance, to faith in Christ, to watchfulness and obedience. Such persons are of a good understanding, however poor, unlearned, or despised.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 111

  • Reverend jacobs
    Known unto God are all his works and words a man can receive.norhing except its given him from above. Some are given by God of his spirit the expresssion of his character what i mean is he spake and it was done. done in truth and it is.the spirit that bears.witness because the spirit is truth. The spirit.bears witness with my.spirit that iam what God says Iam according to the working of him
  • Andrew
    In view of all responses, all must be mindful that God is and will always be. Man must come to understand God as best as Man can and with a Faithful reverend knowing that God will provide and keep Man for God's purposes.
  • Joshua
    Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation. These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me for they are thine. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition that the scripture might be fulfilled. And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
  • Janita
    There should always be good understanding and truth.
  • Emmanuel
    if 'reverend' is the name of GOD, then why are so called bible school pastors also called reverends?
  • Mike Vs10
    I deal with children on a regular basis and talk with many others that do as well and one of the greatest struggles we have is communicating with them and their parents. It seems that our society has got to the point that basice reasoning and logic has gone out the window. Here we see in Scriptures that the fear of God brings wisdom. We generally think of wisdom as pertaining only to God but that is not strictly so and research shows it also applies to other areas of life as well if one looks it up in the original Hebrew for this verse. We then see that understanding comes from following his commands. Now take this and look at our society. Almost no morals, No family structure, drugs, fake church and etc all throughout our society. Is it any wonder that a society who neither fears God nor keeps his commandments struggles seems to be getting more and more diffucult to communicate with in general. Is it any wonder our children strugle to read as seniors what used to be normal in 5th grade. Is it any wonder that our schools continual degrade when ranked with the rest of the world. The U.S. does have and educational problem but digging deeper that educational problem is rooted in the greater problem which is the rejection of the Almighty.
  • We can find his wonderful works and the word remember in the 4th commandment
  • BARR. U.I. IDIKA for verse 9
  • Carol Roberson
    Psalm 111:6 The LORD GOD showed the children of Israel the power of HIS works by parting the Red Sea, feeding them manna in the wilderness, and many powerful works.JEHOVAH GOD did this to show his children that they should trust in the LORD their GOD. Don't be as the heathen or as the world,but rather remain holy and righteous. God has the power to give the heritage to HIS children so that they would do righteously with integrity unto what has been entrusted and given.
  • Brianna for verse 10
    The fear of Jehovah is the beginning of wisdom. It is not a morbid fear of God, but the fear of displeasing him, and breaking his commandments. If you think about it, those commandments are very wise for us today. For example if people would follow God 's laws on fornication, would we have so many children born out of wedlock? Not knowing their mother or father? Teenage pregnancy? Yes following God 's standards as found in the Bible proves to be wise every time.

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What is the beginning of wisdom?
  • Reaching Adulthood
  • Discipline
  • Study of Scrolls
  • Fear of the Lord
  • Avoiding Vice